Sunday, October 3, 2010

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It's Sunday. Here's what's happening.... 

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Today is October 3rd, the 275th day of 2010. There are 90 days left in the year.

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Few things went right for the Tampa Bay Juniors Saturday night in a 6-1 home ice loss to the Florida Junior Blades.

The game remained scoreless until near the midway point of the first period, when the Blades scored twice in 57 seconds on goals by Mark Woinicki on the power play and Dan Echeverri shorthanded for a 2-0 lead.

Florida stretched the lead to 3-0 at 11:01 on a Michael Wilson goal, before Tampa Bay finally responded. Patrick Rodgers scored from Chase Anderson and Richard Hill at 12:12 to close within 2 at 3-1. Echeverri scored again at 14:14, putting Florida up 4-1 after two.

A third period power play goal by Echeverri at 10:48 and a goal by Brooks Poe with 13 seconds left put the exclamation point on the night, as the Florida Junior Blades won their MJHL opener, beating the Tampa Bay Juniors 6-1.

Evan Weiss made 30 saves for Tampa Bay, who went 0-6 on the power play with a short handed goal against, and 4 for 6 on the penalty kill.

The two teams meet again this afternoon at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida at 12:30pm EDT. There will be no broadcast.

The SEJHL Juniors play this afternoon against the Tampa Lightning AAA U16s. Faceoff at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex is 12:30pm EDT. There will be no broadcast.

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October is Church Security and Safety Month.

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Hawks Campbell to miss 4-5 weeks with knee injury.

Wild lands free agent goalie Theodore.

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This is Class Reunion Month.

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Coatta and Kamrass named team captains in Sioux Falls.

Phantoms sink Bucs in OT, win opener 3-2.

Pinkston named Storm captain.

Lincoln wins opener in shootout.

Handoff: Muskegon's hockey legends pass along legacy to Lumberjacks.

Saints fall in return to USHL.

USHL season preview: Western Conference.

Crandall's second goal keys victory.

Chicago spoils Gothberg's USHL debut.

Last night's action:

Indiana 4, Muskegon 1 boxswcore

Sioux City 5, Sioux Falls 0 boxscore

Omaha 2, Tri-City 1 (SO) boxscore

Cedar Rapids 1, Waterloo 0 boxscore

Youngstown 2, Chicago 1 boxscore

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This is Co-op Awareness Month.

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Steven Stamkos scored twice, Vinny Lecavalier had a goal and an assist, Sean Bergenheim had a goal, Marty St. Louis finished with two assists and Mike Smith had 20 saves for the Lightning, in a 4-1 preseason win for Tampa Bay over the Florida Panthers Saturday night, before 11,404 at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Next up for the Lightning is the regular season opener next Saturday at home against the Atlanta Thrashers. Game time is 7:30pm EDT.

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October is Cut Out Dissection Month. (In a related issue, all frogs have mysteriously gone into hiding.)

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Darian Durant tossed two touchdown strikes and also ran for a major, as the Saskatchewan Roughriders topped the Toronto Argonauts 27-16 at the Rogersw Centre in Toronto.

Luca Congi gave Saskatchewan an early 3-0 lead with a 26 yard field goal at 4:52 of the opening quarter. Former Rider quarterback Dalton Bell, traded by Saskatchewan to Toronto over the offseason, scored on a 12 yard run and, with the convert by Justin Medlock, the Argos has a 7-3 lead with 7:34 gone in the quarter. Darian Durant answered with a 12 yard touchdown scamper for the Riders. Congi's convert at 11:26 helped boost the green-and-white into a 10-7 lead. Medlock kicked a pair of second quarter field goals, from 18 yards with 5:58 left, and from 15 yards with 1 second. Those two boots mostly offset a 16 yard scoring strike from Durant to Chris Getzlaf and Congi convert with 2:15 remaining. Saskatchewan would take a 17-13 lead into the halftime break.

The Riders put the game away with a big play in the third. Durant found Andy Fantuz for a 66 yard touchdown catch and run just under two minutes into the final quarter. Congi converted again and Sakatchewan had a 24-13 lead just 2:15 into the second half. Medlock went bombs away with a 52 yard field goal with 4:02 to go in the third for the Double Blue, but Congi's 22 yard field goal with 6:02 remaining, set up by Keith Shologan's quarterback sack that forced a fumble, gave Saskatchewan the only points of the fourth quarter in the 27-16 win.

Darian Durant was 29-of-37 passing for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown. Andy Fantuz caught 6 balls for 114 yards and a touchdown, while Chris Getzlaf added a major score by catching a touchdown pass. Luca Congi tacked on 2 field goals and 3 converts. For Toronto, Dalton Bell, in his first pro start, was 16-of-24 passing for 153 yards, while running for a touchdown. Justin Medlock added the other 10 Toronto points, with 3 field goals and a convert.

Saskatchewan, now 9-4 on the year, hosts the Argonauts in Regina on Saturday, October 9th at 4:00pm EDT.

Visit the teams' official website at riderville.com.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Here's the Week 4 NFL Schedule(All times Eastern):

Sunday October 3 1:00 p.m. Baltimore Ravens Pittsburgh Steelers

Sunday October 3 1:00 p.m. Detroit Lions Green Bay Packers

Sunday October 3 1:00 p.m. Carolina Panthers New Orleans Saints

Sunday October 3 1:00 p.m. San Francisco 49ers Atlanta Falcons

Sunday October 3 1:00 p.m. New York Jets Buffalo Bills

Sunday October 3 1:00 p.m. Denver Broncos Tennessee Titans

Sunday October 3 1:00 p.m. Seattle Seahawks St. Louis Rams

Sunday October 3 1:00 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals Cleveland Browns

Sunday October 3 4:05 p.m. Indianapolis Colts Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday October 3 4:05 p.m. Houston Texans Oakland Raiders

Sunday October 3 4:15 p.m. Arizona Cardinals San Diego Chargers

Sunday October 3 4:15 p.m. Washington Redskins Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday October 3 8:20 p.m. Chicago Bears New York Giants

Monday October 4 8:30 p.m. New England Patriots Miami Dolphins

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This is Dyslexia Awareness Month.

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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP)—Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns and Ryan Katz threw for 260 yards and two scores Saturday to lead Oregon State to a 31-28 win over Arizona State in its conference opener.

Rodgers, a junior, cracked the 100-yard mark for the 16th time in his career at Oregon State (2-2, 1-0 Pac-10).

Katz, making his fourth career start, had struggled with a 48.6 completion percentage. But he had his best game of the season, completing 19 of 29 passes and hooking up with nine different receivers.

Read the rest here.

Here's the 2010 Oregon State Beavers' football schedule.

And here's the 2010 football roster.

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This is Customer Service Week. (Linky Link)

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Leos leap Bomber by the skin of their teeth.

CFL great Kwong honored with Alberta park.
Visit the league's official website at cfl.ca.

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Today is the start of Spinning and Weaving Week.

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Why, look everybody. It's the Meissners!

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Today is the International Day of Non-Violence.

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KANSAS CITY -- Even back on May 23, when the Rays had their biggest lead in the American League East at six games, Joe Maddon wasn't about to get happy. He said it then, and he repeated many times throughout 2010 that he believed the race would go down to the final game of the regular season.

Turns out, the Rays manager was right on the money as the Rays and the Yankees will decide the winner of the division on Sunday.

Read the rest here.

Notes: The Rays and Royals conclude their regular seasons on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium. Tampa Bay will start right-hander Wade Davis(12-10, 4.14), while Kansas City will counter with Sean O'Sullivan(4-6, 5.91)....The Rays hold the tiebreaker in the NL East. A win by the Rays, regardless of what New York does, will give Tampa Bay the pennant. If both teams lose, Tampa Bay will still get the division flag....Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was out of the lineup again on Saturday as he recovers from a strained right quadriceps....Maddon held a team meeting prior to Saturday's game. He said he wanted to recap the club's season and remind them of the goals they set before it started. "[I] talked about teams we could be playing and the different obstacles each team will present, generally speaking," Maddon said. "And that was it, pretty much -- recap and review."
 
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This is Child Health Day.

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In the American League East, tampa Bay and the Yankees(Clinched playoff spot) are tied for first, Boston(Eliminated) is 7 behind, Toronto(Eliminated) is 11 behind and Baltimore(Eliminated) is 29 back.

In the American League Central, Minnesota(Clinched division, but losers of 7 of their last 10) is 7 ahead of the White Sox(Eliminated), Detroit(Eliminated) is behind by 14, while Cleveland(Eliminated) sits 25 in arrears and Kansas City(Eliminated) is 27 behind.

In the American League West, Texas(Clinched Division) leads Los Angeles(Eliminated)by 10 games and Oakland(Eliminated) by 11, with Seattle(Eliminated) trailing by 29.

In the National League East, Philadelphia(Clinched Division) leads Atlanta(Leading the Wild Card race) by  7 games, Florida(Eliminated) and the Mets(Eliminated) by 18 with Washington(Eliminated) sitting 29 behind.

In the National League Central, Cincinnati(Clinched division) leads St. Louis(Eliminated) by 5 games, Milwaukee(Eliminated) is 13 behind, the Cubs(Eliminated) and Houston(Eliminated) are 15 back,  and Pittsburgh(Eliminated) is 33 out.

In the National League West, San Francisco is 1 games ahead of San Diego (The Padres are tied with Atlanta Card race with Atlanta and can force a 1 game Monday playoff with the Giants if they win today), Colorado(Eliminated) is 8 behind(Eliminated), the Dodgers(Eliminated) are 12 behind and Arizona(Eliminated) trails by 26.

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This is Alternative Fuel Day. (Linky Link)

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants rarely have done anything simply this year. Why should reaching the postseason be different?

They entered this weekend's showdown series against the San Diego Padres needing one victory to clinch the National League West title. That climactic triumph continued to elude San Francisco, which lost, 4-2, before another disappointed packed house Saturday at AT&T Park.

Read the rest here.

Notes:  Jonathan Sanchez(12-9, 3.15) pitches today for San Francisco, while the Padres start Mat Latos(14-9, 2.92)....If the Giants and Braves both win, the Giants get the West crown and Atlanta would win the Wild Card. If the Giants win and the Braves lose, the Giants win the West and Atlanta would host San Diego in a one-game playoff for the Wild Card tomorrow. If the Padres win and the Braves lose, the Padres would win the West, the Giants would get the Wild Card and Atlanta would be eliminated. If the Padres and Braves both win, the Padres would host the Giants tomorrow in a one-game playoff for the division crown. The loser would fly to Atlanta to meet the Braves on Tuesday in a one game plaoff for the Wild Card....Cody Ross (0-for-2) had his 10-game hitting streak come to an end, but is still 14-for-37 (.378) with six extra base hits since Sept. 17.... Bruce Bochy was tossed from Saturday's game. The ejection was the fourth of the season for Bochy.

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Today is World Habitat Day.

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Today in Elvis History:

1945 - Elvis Presley appeared in a talent show at the age of 10. It was his first public appearance. He won 2nd place and $5.

1977 - CBS-TV broadcasted "Elvis In Concert." It was a special that was filmed during his last tour.

1991 - Elvis Presley's first guitar was auctioned for $180,000. The guitar had been on display in the Country Music Hall of Fame for 17 years.

2006 - "Elvis Christmas" as released. It contained 19 Christmas songs and 4 gospel songs.

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November is Eat Better, Eat Together Month.

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Today in Beatles History:

1960 - The Beatles ended a 17-day stay at the Indra Club in Hamburg, West Germany.

1964 - The Beatles filmed a performance for the TV show "Shindig!"

1969 - "Abbey Road" by the Beatles was released in the U.S. It was released a week earlier in England.

1969 - John Lennon recorded "Don't Worry Kyoko" with the Plastic Ono Band. The song later appeared on Lennon and Ono's "Wedding Album."

1988 - The documentary about John Lennon, "Imagine" premiers in Hollywood, CA.

2000 - Mark David Chapman was denied parole by the New York State Board of Parole. Chapman had been sentenced to life for the murder of John Lennon on December 8, 1980.

2001 - The WB and TNT aired the two-hour John Lennon tribute concert for victims of the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11.

2006 - The Sean Lennon CD + DVD album "Friendly Fire" was released. The included DVD contained a short film for each of the album's tracks.

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October is Emotional Wellness Month and Emotional Intelligence Month.

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Today in Sports History:

1951 - CBS-TV aired the first coast-to-coast telecast of a prizefight. Dave Sands defeated Carl Olson at Soldier Field in Chicago.

1951 - The New York Giants won the pennant by beating the Brooklyn Dodgers on a Bobby Thompson bottom-of-the-ninth home run.

1974 - Frank Robinson took over the management position of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. He was the first black manager in major league baseball.

1989 - Art Shell became the first African-American head coach in the modern NFL when he took over the Los Angeles Raiders.

1995 - O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the 1994 murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald L. Goldman. Simpson was later found liable in a civil trial.

2001 - ESPN began its 10th season of National Hockey League (NHL) coverage.

2001 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) broke Babe Ruth's major league single-season record for walks at 171.

2002 - The Texas Rangers put John Rocker on waivers for the purpose of his unconditional release.

2004 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. used a vulgar term during a live postrace television interview with NBC after winning a race in Talladega. On October 5, NASCAR penalized him $10,000 and 25 points in the Nextel Cup standings.

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This is National Depression Education and Awareness Month.

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From http://www.nascar.com/

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Pole-sitter Joey Logano was tired of finishing second -- and on Saturday at Kansas Speedway, he did something about it.


With a push from Nationwide Series points leader Brad Keselowski, Logano pulled away from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch after a restart on Lap 199 of 200 and held on to win the Kansas Lottery 300.

"It definitely gets frustrating, when you feel like you should have won a lot more races than what you have this season," said Logano, who has finished second six times this year and four times since his previous victory in the series, which came at Kentucky in June. "But it also makes you want it a little bit more and makes it a little bit sweeter when you do win."

Logano took the lead from Busch on a restart on Lap 194, when he ran Busch up the track and forced his teammate to back out of the gas. One lap later, Aric Almirola spun into the wall to cause the eighth and final caution and set up the two-lap sprint to the finish.

Right after the caution flag waved, Busch gave Logano's car a bump to express his displeasure.

"We'll talk about it and get over it," Logano said.

The victory was Logano's second of the season, the eighth of his career and his second at the 1.5-mile track, making him Kansas' first repeat winner in the Nationwide Series.

Keselowski passed Busch off the final corner to secure the runner-up position, as Busch crossed the stripe in third. Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

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October is Employee Ownership Month. (Linky Link)

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Junior Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors SEJHL vs Tampa Lightning AAA U16s 8:30am EDT

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Junior Blades 12:30pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Price Chopper 400 Presented by Kraft Foods at Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 2:10pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 4:05pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

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That's it for today. See you again on Monday.       

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